The new Cornhill is now open to the public, following 10 months construction by local contractors Brook and Wood.
The transformation features new paving, a raised central area with a water feature. Four new trees have been planted, and the Four Gateways provide an interesting focal point to the plaza. The Gateways represent the original gates into medieval Ipswich and each one reflects an aspect of Ipswich Life and its heritage. These are Ipswich Town Football Club, our famous pioneers, our history and the Waterfront. The statues are awaiting a final polish which will be undertaken after Christmas.
The £3.6m project was coordinated by Ipswich Borough Council on behalf of the Ipswich Vision Group. It was funded with £1.65m from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal with central government, £1m from Ipswich Borough Council, £900,000 from Suffolk County Council and £50,000 from Ipswich Central.
The water feature has now been turned off for the winter, but proved very popular with our younger visitors when its was in operation in the autumn.
A 50 foot Christmas tree from the Elveden Estate now takes centre stage on the Cornhill, the new lighting scheme around the square really helps to showcase the beautiful buildings that surround the Cornhill. The square is well worth a visit this Christmas when you are in town.